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April 22, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced today that George Pappas, and Jeffrey Elikan have joined the firm as partners, and Kevin Collins has joined as of counsel. All three will be resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Messrs. Pappas, Elikan, and Collins, previously at Venable LLP, will join Covington's national patent and intellectual property litigation group and bring substantial trial experience to the highly specialized area of patent litigation.
With these additions, Covington will have assembled one of the most experienced IP litigation teams in the country. The team, which includes Paul Berman, Kurt Calia, Tony Herman, Roderick McKelvie, Chris Sipes and Sonya Winner, has tried over 120 patent cases, many to verdict. With team members in San Francisco as well as Washington, D.C., Covington & Burling is well situated to handle the most pressing and complex patent litigation matters throughout the country.
Messrs. Pappas, Elikan, and Collins are accomplished trial lawyers who specialize in patent litigation. Mr. Pappas has served as lead litigation counsel in more than 200 cases and over the past 15 years has been lead trial counsel in more than 80 patent cases for U.S. and foreign companies. He is one of an elite group of patent trial lawyers with a national reputation.
Mr. Elikan is a highly experienced intellectual property litigator whose practice has covered a wide range of industries and technologies. He has focused on patent trial, appellate and other intellectual property work and recently has concentrated on highly complex pharmaceutical patent matters.
Mr. Collins, an intellectual property litigator, represents clients in patent and trademark disputes in various federal trial and appellate courts. His clients span a number of industries including medical devices, pharmaceutical compositions, bar code technology, and consumer leisure and personal care products.
Covington's intellectual property litigation team includes another recent arrival, Roderick R. McKelvie, a former federal district court judge who built a leading reputation as a patent jurist during his decade on the federal bench, and whose litigation practice focuses on patent trials and appellate matters.
"Intellectual Property disputes can be life and death matters for the technology, pharmaceutical, medical device companies who are among our largest clients and who have long used us for regulatory, corporate, and general litigation matters," said Stuart Stock, Chair of Covington's Management Committee. "With our recent additions of Judge McKelvie and now George Pappas, Jeff Elikan, and Kevin Collins to our existing team of patent litigators, we have taken major steps to position ourselves as a leader in this critical field," added Mr. Stock.
"Jeff, Kevin, and I are pleased to be joining Covington's patent litigation practice and look forward to working with the many talented litigators in the group," added Mr. Pappas. "We have joined Covington to take advantage of the firm's strong ties to pharmaceutical, medical device, and technology clients."
Mr. Pappas is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A., summa cum laude, 1972, J.D. 1975), and has practiced patent litigation for 15 years. He founded Venable's Intellectual Property Litigation Group and served for 8 years as its Partner-in-Charge. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was appointed by Justice Rehnquist to serve as a member of the District Judge Education Advisory Committee for the Federal Judicial Center. He has also served as the Chairman of Governor Ehrlich's Commission of the Development of Advanced Technology Business.
Mr. Elikan is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A. 1987, M.A., 1988, J.D., 1991); following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable I. Leo Glasser of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and later served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, where he focused on appellate litigation.
Mr. Collins is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1992) and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S.M.E., 1987). Following law school, Mr. Collins served as a law clerk for a judge on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.